This week’s Member Spotlight is on Midship Pipeline. Midship is in the process of installing and operationalizing a natural gas pipeline spanning eight counties in central and southern Oklahoma, including Johnston County. The project includes 233 miles of mainlines and lateral lines providing significant takeaway capacity for producers in the state. Johnston County will host 31.4 miles of the pipeline.

The pipeline and additional facilities will provide capacity for 1,440 million cubic feet per day of natural gas. This resource will reach consumers predominantly in the Gulf Coast and Southeast US markets.

Since work began locally in February/March, Tishomingo has benefitted from increased traffic and near full occupancy at the RV parks and Tishomingo Inn. I’m sure in a few months we will be seeing consistently higher sales tax revenue from the additional local spenders staying with us.

It was estimated that in total, Johnston County impacts will include 138 jobs, $4.4 million in labor income, and more than $18.2 million in county produced goods and services.

Midship Pipeline is dedicated to keeping stakeholders updated and communication lines open, as well as investing in the local communities hosting the pipeline.

Midship has included 2,500 stakeholders in communications about the project, held 22 public meetings and open houses, held 2,000 individual meetings with landowners regarding rights of way acquisitions, 300+ meetings with local officials, business leaders, civic groups, first responders, residents, and county commissioners, and 200+ direct communications with tribal representatives across the 8-county area.

This company has contributed a total of over $200,000 to 64 individual volunteer fire departments across western Oklahoma, including several right here in Johnston County. These gifts were made to help provide additional funding to those who are protecting public safety in the rural Oklahoma communities in close proximity to the project. At the end of 2018, Midship provided a $20,000 contribution to a career tech or university located in each of the eight counties where the pipeline will operate. The funds will meet specific needs of the STEM programs at each school, including Murray State College.

Midship Pipeline is a Corporate Silver member of the JCCC and will sponsor this year’s Legislative Updates each quarter. We appreciate their efforts to be an active partner and contributor to the growth of our local economies.

Midship encourages community members to reach out to learn more about the pipeline and share concerns or interests. You can contact them at www.midshippipeline.com, midship@cheniere.com, and 888-214-7275.

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– Jordyn Frazier, Executive Director

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